Paddling into the New Year

To kick off the first weekend of life in New York City, many of the new Manresa Scholars joined us for our annual tradition of kayaking on the Hudson River! With close to 100 Scholars in attendance, along with members of the Manresa faculty and staff, as well as some esteemed Manresa alumni, we trekked bright and early into Manhattan via the D train.

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For many Scholars, this was their first experience on the NYC Subway, on top of venturing outside of the Bronx as new Fordham students. After arriving at Columbus Circle, we walked outwards towards the Hudson to the Manhattan Community Boathouse at Pier 96. This organization offers free kayaking to the public and has hosted us for this program year after year!

After getting fitted with life-jackets and paddles, the Scholars took turns hitting the water in single and double kayaks. This program, right at the start of the semester, is a great opportunity for the group to get to know each other and bond on and off the water. Afterwards, the Scholars were free to explore the city on their own, many going to grab a bite to eat and walking through Central Park to enjoy the beautiful day and some early college experiences.

Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2018-2019

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Kayaking on the Hudson with Manresa

As described in previous posts, Manresa Scholars kicked off their first weekend as a community by traveling down to Pier 96 on the Upper West Side for an annual morning of kayaking. With over 100 students signed up for the event, this was the biggest turnout for the kayaking excursion in all ten years of the Manresa Program! Led by Dean Parmach, Mr. Rametta, and Resident Assistants Jenna and Julia, the large group of Scholars trekked to the D subway train at 8:00am, eager to hit the water.

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The weather was perfectly cool for a morning outside. Scholars chose either single or double person kayaks, and had the opportunity to paddle around the Hudson River thanks to the Manhattan Community Boathouse. Some of the Manresa staff even took a turn out on the water! Everyone came out of their kayaks a little wet from the splashes of the paddles, but ultimately it just added to the fun.

Afterwards, many groups of students ventured out on their own in Manhattan for a bite to eat and to explore. Kayaking proves to be a great event each year to bring hallmates together and to develop new relationships within the Manresa community.

Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2017-2018

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